People seem to go on strike in Naples all the time, which adds to the feel that nobody actually works around here. It is usually just a minor inconvenience for a few, but this week has been pretty outrageous. Truckers are on strike this week. I’ve gotten all kinds of updates from the base about road and highway exit blocks. At first I heard that trucks would block off many highway exits, so getting to where you need to go might be a challenge…like be cautious when driving past them as you do exit or try to avoid them all together.
Then they posted a picture of what the blocks actually look like now. Not quite what I expected, but there is certainly no way to drive around these guys. Everyone is talking about how they were going to get home and around as well as how the school busses would be taking kids home…any non-highway street is twisty, backwards, weird, and impossible to navigate, even with a GPS, but that’s the only way to go this week. I’m glad I live close to wherever I need to go and that I ride a bike!
A1 Napoli Nord toll booth in Caserta, blocked in both directions, picture taken from US Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy on Facebook, January 2012.
Off and on all day we could hear the bang of a random firework. By 11pm there were about 10 different areas shooting off fireworks, that we could see from our balcony. Once midnight hit Naples went crazy! This video starts a few minutes after midnight and ends about 20 minutes before it calmed down. There were over 50 different areas where fireworks were being shot off…I couldn’t count them all. You can’t even see many of them in the video, but it gives you a good idea of what New Years is like here. I’d say it’s the best holiday to be in Naples for. After 30 minutes of it the smoke is so heavy you can’t see or breath well, plus we were going deaf, so it ended there for us. Anyways, Happy New Years, 2012!
URL in case video ever doesn’t work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPBjuZybEMg&list=UUl0i_XrfA7DDKD2gkoJS7jg&index=1&feature=plcp